If you have questions or comments regarding the SCRT, or would like to be added to our contact list for future project updates, please contact:
Jackie VanderPol, Public Information Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org 407.228.1747
City of Kissimmee Senior Planner - 407.518.2244
President Obama recently included Shingle Creek on America’s Great Outdoors list and it was named as the Shingle Creek National Wildlife Refuge, which will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Shingle Creek Regional Trail (SCRT) is a multi-use recreational trail being developed through cooperation between the local governments of the City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, the City of Orlando, and Orange County.
When fully constructed, it will span 32 miles through one of Florida’s most traveled urbanized areas.
This trail will become part of an extensive trail network that extends from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park, and from Orlando to Mascotte. In its entirety, it will serve as a key north-south connector in a larger regional trail network that includes the West Orange Trail, South Lake Trail, Cross Seminole Trail, and Seminole Wekiva Trail.
Completing the SCRT will significantly increase outdoor opportunities and ecotourism for bikers and pedestrians in urban Central Florida. It will also connect the public to the growing areas of protected land along the Shingle Creek watershed. These parcels connect to form a regional linear open-space park, creating even more opportunities for recreation near the Shingle Creek water body – the northernmost headwaters of the unique Kissimmee – Okeechobee – Everglades ecosystem.
The City of Kissimmee, in partnership with Osceola County, has initiated the SCRT Project (with assistance from FDOT’s Local Agency Program) for initially analyzing potential trail alignments and for subsequent design of various trail segments. The initial project, referred to as the North Area Project, focuses on the corridor from the Osceola / Orange County line to U.S. 192 (Vine Street). A second public meeting will be scheduled later in the year to address the South Area Project. The proposed trail will include 12-foot wide horizontal, pedestrian and bicycle trail components, including asphalt multi-use paths, boardwalks (where deemed necessary) and bridges.
Various trail amenities will be incorporated, such as landscaping, rest areas, benches, bike racks and natural viewing platforms. Near the southern terminus at Vine Street, this trail will connect to the soon-to-be completed historical museum that is currently under reconstruction. This project will employ all applicable design guidelines, such as Road and Traffic Design Standards (FDOT), Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities Manual (FDOT) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To ensure public input is obtained for the evaluation and recommendation of possible improvements, the community is invited to attend an introductory public information meeting/ charette.
This meeting will follow an “Open House” format, during which graphics will be available for viewing and comments.
Representatives of the City of Kissimmee and Osceola County, along with the consulting team, will be available to receive input and answer questions regarding the various aspects of the project.